Erika Zavaleta honored for diversity efforts by Ecological Society of America

by Tim Stephens, UC Santa Cruz

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has chosen Erika Zavaleta, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, to receive its 2021 Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award.

The award recognizes long-standing contributions toward increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach.

The ESA’s announcement of the award noted that “Zavaleta’s development of innovative and accessible field experiences has enhanced the science skills, confidence, and leadership potential of many underrepresented students in conservation science, who are now pursuing or fulfilling their goals of an environmental career and sharing her vision to diversify today’s environmental workforce.”

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